2010

Authors

  • Zhuang Zhi Chong Zhuang Zhi Chong
  • Shu Beng Tor Shu Beng Tor
  • Ngiap Hiang Loh Ngiap Hiang Loh
  • Teck Neng Wong Teck Neng Wong
  • Alfonso M. Gaᡮ-Calvo Alfonso M. Gaᡮ-Calvo
  • Say Hwa Tan Say Hwa Tan
  • Nam-Trung Nguyen Nam-Trung Nguyen

This paper reports a method to control the bubble size generated in a microfluidic flow-focusing configuration. With an ultrasonic transducer, we induce acoustic streaming using a forward moving, oscillating gas-liquid interface. The induced streaming substantially affects the formation process of gas bubbles. The oscillating interface acts as a pump that increases the gas flow rate significantly and forms a larger bubble. This method is applicable to a wide range of gas pressure from 30 to 90 kPa and flow rate from 380 to 2700 匠h-1. The bubble size can be tuned repeatedly with the response time on the order of seconds. We believe that this method will enhance the capability of a microfluidic bubble generator to produce a tuble bubble size.